Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Simple Curly Top for Long Hair.

Just to let you all know, this is my first proper attempt at a pin curl set in about 7 years- so things are far from perfect! Obviously I can't guarantee that this will work for everybody, as all hair reacts differently, but it still may be of some interest and it certainly can be used as a basic set to build on.

For this set, two methods of pin curls were used-
1. Flat  pin curls
2. Barrel/ stand up curls.

The equipment you will need...
hair pins, a comb/ brush, setting lotion, a head of hair, lots of patience and fingers. I also used a 'hold bob' to create the pin curls because I'm rubbish at doing them around my fingers.( though a mascara tube would work just as well!)

For best results work on washed hair and be sure to dry it a little with a towel first -not too much though, otherwise your set won't last and your waves/curls will be... well, not very wavy or curly!!!

The Sections:
This set was done in four sections/ parts.
1. The top (parted on the left), 2 & 3. the sides (crown to ear) and
4. The back
The Top Section
First, section off the top part. Each section should be sprayed with setting lotion and combed through thoroughly.
Then make two rows of three barrel/ stand up curls, making sure they are even and rolled towards your side parting- (I used about an inch of hair in each curl for this top bit)

The Side Sections
Each side section is worked the same way and consist of 2 rows, with 3 flat pin curls in each row. The section should be parted from the crown to your ear.

 The Back Section

To work the back-
First row- Make as many flat pin curls from ear to ear as possible- rolling towards the right ear. (I can't quite remember how many pin curls I made, but they were largish in size!)
The second row should be rolled towards the left ear.
The third, curl to the right again.

As you can see, these pin curls are not perfect and rather large. I would thoroughly recommend that you try smaller pin curls for better result. If you would prefer a more defined curl, I would suggest doing this section with barrel curls instead. If you use barrel curls, roll the first row down and the second row upwards.

Brushing Out
Once completely dry you can start to brush out (I had to brush mine out before it was completely dry as I had a headache, but obviously it's best once dry!).
There's not much I can tell you about how to brush out- it's very much trial and error. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy a pin curl set is to brush out- twas lovely!
One thing I always do though, is to brush out in sections-
the back first and then each of the side sections. Once these are done, I then brush the side sections into the back (if you don't do this you will end up with clumps and you really don't want that!), and lastly, brush the out the top section.
Here's two styles which I experimented with- the one on the left was created by brushing downwards from the crown, and I brushed towards the back for the second.

And there you are....
The Finished Set!
I've since had a few inches cut off the length, so I'll no doubt be back again with another curly top post... don't worry, it wont be so long and will have fewer pictures!
Tupps xxx


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this marvelous tutorial!

    By the by, one never knew you had such long hair!! Beautiful!

    1. Oh Ta- I thought it was about time I did one! I just hope it works for others!

      Oh and my hair is no longer that length- had it cut yesterday (eek!). I just hope I can style it in the same way!
      T x

  2. Yes, love this!! I really adore the little gals in the drawings- cute! I had no idea your hair was so long until I saw your facebook pic the other day. It's so pretty! You must have read my mind because I was just thinking "she should do a hair tutorial, I wonder how her hair always looks so authentically perfect!" Great job!!

  3. Blimey, how long your hair has gotten! This set looks lovely, I shall have to try it out some time.

    I just adore your little drawings, what a talent! x

  4. What a lovely set! Thanks for doing a hair tutorial. I'm always in awe over your beautiful locks.


  5. Excellent job! Love all the pics actually... I might have to get my wet set on...

  6. Thank you so much for this little tutorial. I never would have thought that hair as long as this would make such a wonderful set. I´ll so try the setting pattern :)

  7. Thank you for this very fine guide! It is both easy to follow and aesthetically pleasing :)

  8. As ever I am in awe of you and your hair skills!

  9. Fantastic tutorial and end results. In my pre-wig days, I often did similar curls, but my bone straight, ultra fine hair never came out with curls quite as lush and gorgeous as yours here. Thanks for sharing this wonderful howto with us, dear lass!

    ♥ Jessica

  10. wow your hair is so long! I would never have the patience to do that!! :) x

  11. My hair is about that length, I have to say there's no way I'd manage it myself. Well done. I get absolutely knackered trying to keep my arms up long enough to do anything as intricate as this!

  12. I echo LollyWillowes entirely, I am useless at hair and obviously have weak arm muscles! I loved your tutorial and pics and photos though, thanks for that. You are the queen of hair setting!

  13. Thanks for this, having read it I now feel like I might be able to give it a try. I have always been a bit confused and thought it looked too difficult before. Your drawings really helped, they are lovely and clear.

  14. I adore this tutorial - especially the illustrations!

  15. This is wonderful. I was curious.. you said you haven't done a pincurl set in a while.. what do you usually do? Sponge curlers, or? Your hair always looks impeccable, bravo & thanks for sharing with us!


  16. Great tutorial! I tend to like to have my hair curl up a lot more than the length like you did here. I always feel I'm too lazy for pin curls but I'm itching to try some soon for a change. :)

  17. Wonderful tutorial! Did you draw all the illustrations?? Because they do make the curl direction much clearer for me. I have seen some illustrations that are so crowded that it dazzles for my eyes. And I really really love the simplicity and the nicely faded colours of the illustrations. They are funny, amusing and help to enlighten your tutorial. Hope to see more of them! Love, GonnieMarie

  18. I just discovered your blog, and this answers pin curl questions I've had in just the past few days! I have long hair, and I don't want to cut it, but trying other pin curl sets suited for short hair obviously doesn't really work. This looks great, and I'll be trying it soon!

  19. So beautiful!!!

  20. Wow , you look so gorgeous with curly hairstyles, but you like the long hair too..


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Tickety Boo Tupney xxx

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